Otokoyama Sake

Hokkaido, Japan

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Daisetsuzan, one of Japan’s hundred most celebrated mountains, plays a pivotal role in Otokoyama’s distinctive flavor profile. The pristine waters that seep from its perpetual snows serve as the lifeblood of this exceptional sake. The clear and dry character of Otokoyama is a product of the region’s severe cold climate, expertly selected sake brewery rice, and meticulous rice-polishing techniques.

Otokoyama’s mission is clear – they want as many people as possible to savor the fruits of their labor, crafted with utmost care. The brand’s foray onto the global stage began in 1977 when they first showcased “OTOKOYAMA JUNMAI DAIGINJO” at Monde Selection, clinching the world’s first gold medal for sake in 1984. Since then, Otokoyama has been earnestly exporting its sake to the United States and more than 20 other countries, gaining popularity worldwide and solidifying its status as a cherished Hokkaido treasure.

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Every year, hordes of enthusiasts from around the world make a pilgrimage to the “Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum” in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. This renowned tourist destination offers a deep dive into the world of sake, where visitors can learn about its history, production, and, of course, enjoy tastings of this exceptional brew.

Otokoyama’s commitment to its patrons is further showcased through its annual brewery event. This event is a token of appreciation for the loyal support it has received over the years. Visitors are treated to fresh sake tastings in the midst of production. What started in 1979 as a small gathering has now grown into a bustling event with over 10,000 attendees, held every second Sunday in February.

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Nature is not just an inspiration for Otokoyama but a source of its essence. Otokoyama Park, managed by the company, is located a mere 15-minute drive from the Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum. Situated on a hillside, 220 meters above sea level at the southern tip of Mt. Tosshozan, this park offers breathtaking panoramic views of Daisetsuzan and the Tokachi mountain range. Visitors can explore its natural flower gardens, featuring the largest wild garden in Hokkaido, and witness the stunning dogtooth violets that bloom as the snow melts.

In every drop of Otokoyama sake, one can taste the harmony between the centuries-old brewing traditions of Hokkaido and the pristine nature that surrounds it. Otokoyama’s commitment to quality, appreciation for its patrons, and dedication to showcasing the beauty of Hokkaido have solidified its place as a treasure not just for Japan but for the world.

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Within the sprawling expanse of Otokoyama Park lies Hokkaido’s largest natural flower garden, a sight to behold. During the spring season, from April 15th to April 30th, visitors are treated to a mesmerizing display of Katakuris, delicate wildflowers that burst into bloom as the snow melts away. These charming flowers create a carpet of color, inviting guests to admire their beauty in this enchanting setting.

Otokoyama Park invites visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature, witness the vibrant bloom of Katakuris, and savor the breathtaking views of Hokkaido’s mountains and rivers. They can plan their visit and experience the beauty of this natural gem for themselves.

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